Life begins in Tier 2: Londoners meet outdoors for coffee as new Covid ...

Londoners have started adjusting to life in Tier 2 after waking up with more curbs as the new coronavirus regulations kick in.   

Small groups were seen heading out for coffee and keeping to social distancing guidelines with more than half of England now living with heightened coronavirus restrictions. 

Regulations in the second level of lockdown means people must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting nor socialise in a group of more than six outside - including in a garden.

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors and will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with others they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport. 

People can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys made where possible. 

It comes after police fought to enforce coronavirus laws in London last night as they faced defiance from both protesters and drinkers refusing to go home. 

Small groups were seen heading out for coffee and keeping to social distancing guidelines. Pictured: Three friends sitting outdoors at a cafe in Richmond-upon-Thames

Small groups were seen heading out for coffee and keeping to social distancing guidelines. Pictured: Three friends sitting outdoors at a cafe in Richmond-upon-Thames

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors under the Tier 2 restrictions. Pictured: Runners out for fresh air along the Thames

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors under the Tier 2 restrictions. Pictured: Runners out for fresh air along the Thames

More than half of England is living with heightened coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: Shoppers keep to social distancing guidelines in Richmond-upon-Thames

More than half of England is living with heightened coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: Shoppers keep to social distancing guidelines in Richmond-upon-Thames

After being turfed out of pubs and bars at 10pm, crowds spilled on to the streets of Soho where anti-lockdown demonstrators had gathered, including Piers Corbyn who said: 'We're here to drink against curfew.'

Officers were seen leading people away in handcuffs after encountering an alarming lack of compliance just hours before Covid restrictions were tightened. 

Boris Johnson yesterday thanked mayor Sadiq Khan for working with the Government to place the capital into the higher alert level - and urged Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to also cooperate.

Mr Burnham is resisting the Prime Minister's move to place the region into Tier 3 and is instead agitating for a nationwide lockdown, leaving negotiations with ministers deadlocked. 

But Mr Johnson yesterday used a Downing Street press briefing to warn that he is prepared to elevate Greater Manchester unilaterally, with sources suggesting he could impose harsher measures as early as Monday. 

Lancashire leaders struck a deal with Government and joined Liverpool in the most severe Tier 3 bracket, meaning all pubs and restaurants must close unless they can serve food. 

One runner went solo as he headed along the Thames earlier today as Londoners adjust to more curbs on their day-to-day lifestyle

One runner went solo as he headed along the Thames earlier today as Londoners adjust to more curbs on their day-to-day lifestyle

Shoppers in Richmond-upon-Thames, west London, look carefree earlier today despite the new restrictions now in force in the capital

Shoppers in Richmond-upon-Thames, west London, look carefree earlier today despite the new restrictions now in force in the capital

More than 28million people in England are now living under the top two tiers of restrictions. Pictured: Shoppers wearing facemasks in Richmond-upon-Thames, west London

More than 28million people in England are now living under the top two tiers of restrictions. Pictured: Shoppers wearing facemasks in Richmond-upon-Thames, west London

Group of five rowers took to the River Thames earlier today as they enjoyed some fresh air amid the tougher new restrictions placed on the capital

Group of five rowers took to the River Thames earlier today as they enjoyed some fresh air amid the tougher new restrictions placed on the capital

As more than 28million people in England began living under the top two tiers:

Mr Johnson said the UK is developing the capacity to manufacture millions of fast turnaround tests for coronavirus which could deliver results in just 15 minutes; The National Education Union rowed in behind Sir Keir Starmer's call for a national circuit-breaker to get infections down;  The Welsh Government were to meet to discuss a circuit-breaker lockdown and will announce any decisions on Monday; Some 15,650 coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK on Friday, alongside 136 deaths;   A senior scientist predicted Britain could be carrying out a million coronavirus tests a day by Christmas; The Prime Minister's attention briefly switched from the pandemic to warn a No Deal Brexit was likely as both London and Brussels ramped up their tough talk.   

At midnight last night people in London, Essex, York, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield were placed into Tier 2. 

In addition to following the nationwide restrictions - such as the rule of six and the 10pm curfew - two households will no longer be able to mix indoors, including pubs and restaurants. 

Londoners were last night spared the double blow of also having the city's transport system grind to a halt after an eleventh hour bailout of TfL was struck after a day of high-stakes talks. 

It comes after police fought to enforce coronavirus laws in London last night as they faced defiance from both protesters and drinkers refusing to go home. Pictured: crowds in Soho as pubs closed at 10pm

It comes after police fought to enforce coronavirus laws in London last night as they faced defiance from both protesters and drinkers refusing to go home. Pictured: crowds in Soho as pubs closed at 10pm

A man was handcuffed and bundled into the back of a police van in Soho by police officers after the night descended into chaos when revellers were asked to go home

A man was handcuffed and bundled into the back of a police van in Soho by police officers after the night descended into chaos when revellers were asked to go home

At it reached 10pm protesters held up signs and gathered together to protest the curfew and increasing restrictions

At it reached 10pm protesters held up signs and gathered together to protest the curfew and increasing restrictions

One man laughed as he was dragged away by police officers after joining a protest in Soho, London, against lockdown measures this evening

One man laughed as he was dragged away by police officers after joining a protest in Soho, London, against lockdown measures this evening

Police officers marched through Soho as they tried to break up illegal gatherings of more than six people in central London

Police officers marched through Soho as they tried to break up illegal gatherings of more than six people in central London

Piers Corbyn held up a finger as he spoke to police officers in Soho. The conversation appeared to be animated as the police officer held out a hand

Piers Corbyn held up a finger as he spoke to police officers in Soho. The conversation appeared to be animated as the police officer held out a hand 

Some in the capital were left puzzled that they were being hit with new restrictions when data revealed that places such as Devon, Oxford and Coventry had higher infection rates but were in the lowest Tier 1. 

Yet the capital's mayor Mr Khan has said ministers are not going far enough and called for a short national circuit breaker, which is also being advocated by Mr Burnham who yesterday refused to cave to the PM's threats.

The PM warned Mr Burnham he would impose Tier 3 measures on Greater Manchester if they could not reach an agreement as he warned of a 'grave' situation.

Speaking from Number 10, he said: 'I cannot stress enough: time is of the essence. Each day that passes before action is taken means more people will go to hospital, more people will end up in intensive care and tragically more people will die.'

Mr Burnham and council leaders across Greater Manchester responded by insisting they have done 'everything within our power to protect the health of our residents', and said people and firms need greater financial support before accepting the lockdown.

They also suggested in a joint statement that Downing Street had delayed discussions, adding: 'We can assure the Prime Minister that we are ready to meet at any time to try to agree a way forward.'   

A woman appears to shout and raises her fist into the air while police officers stand waiting for the crowds to disperse in Soho on Friday night

A woman appears to shout and raises her fist into the air while police officers stand waiting for the crowds to disperse in Soho on Friday night

Crowds jeered and shouted at police officers in Soho as pubs closed on Friday night. One teenager was pictured filming an officer with the camera light turned on on his phone

Crowds jeered and shouted at police officers in Soho as pubs closed on Friday night. One teenager was pictured filming an officer with the camera light turned on on his phone

Two police officers wore disposable masks as they led one man away after revelers started shouting and jeering at the police

Two police officers wore disposable masks as they led one man away after revelers started shouting and jeering at the police

Protestors held up signs, with one man singing and playing the guitar while a friend showed him the lyrics on his phone

Protestors held up signs, with one man singing and playing the guitar while a friend showed him the lyrics on his phone

One person help up a sign that read: 'Shut up you fascist Tories. No one tells me what time to go to bed'. Another was pictured holding what looked like a guitar

One person help up a sign that read: 'Shut up you fascist Tories. No one tells me what time to go to bed'. Another was pictured holding what looked like a guitar

Scientists say up to one million Brits could be tested per day before Christmas 

Britain could be carrying out a million coronavirus tests per day by Christmas with results in just 15 minutes, a scientist working on the testing scheme has said. 

The source, who was not named, revealed the government is buying new machines capable of processing 150,000 tests per day with the aim of trebling the current capacity of 300,000.

Separately, trials of pregnancy-style tests which could provide results in just 15 minutes will begin in northern hotspots from next week.

'It’s going pretty well,' the scientist told The Times. 'They have really scaled up their capabilities. By Christmas we’ll be at a million a day, I think.  That seems perfectly possible.'

Mr Johnson told a No 10 press conference on Friday that the new tests were 'faster, simpler and cheaper' and that work was being done to ensure they could be manufactured and distributed in the UK. 

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